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The New York State Assembly almost unanimously passed a bill proposing an advisory council for videogames this week, reports GamePolitics.

Introduced by Staten Island Republican Sen. Andrew Lanza, the bill creates "an advisory council on interactive media and youth violence," and mandates that consoles be equipped with controls "to prevent the display of violent or indecent video games," such as the parental lock functions available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii.

In the final minutes of argument, Senator Lanza said that while videogames deserves recognition under the U.S. Constitution as protected speech, the aim of the bill is to bring government oversight to game ratings beyond the service provided by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board.

"I want to be clear. This bill does not prohibit the sale of any video to anyone," the Senator said. "This simply says that every video game sold in the state of New York simply should have a rating consistent with what the ESRB does presently in a voluntary way... it does work."

"But the problem with 'voluntary' is that tomorrow someone can change their mind. Someone could decide tomorrow to no longer place ratings on these games. So this is not about prohibiting the sale, this is simply about providing information to parents," Lanza added.

Having passed in a 60-to-1 vote, the bill now heads to New York Governor David Paterson for consideration. Should Paterson sign it, it will become law in 2010.

However, it's very likely that the game industry will file a federal lawsuit to block the bill—similar legislation in five states has previously been struck down as unconstitutional.

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Good, it shouldn't pass.
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Good, it shouldn't pass.
What possible problem could you have with this bill?
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What possible problem could you have with this bill?
Ya I don't see what you could to be honest.
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In the UK it is illegal to sell 18+ rated movies and games to those under that age. To be honest, the US needs a simple law such as this.

Parents would have a concise age based rateing system and it would stop most minors from purchaseing media with content that's inappropriate for their age. That's not to say that minors wouldn't be able to play violent video games if adults purchased them.

At least this would shift the blame back to where it belongs: To the adults who purchase violent games for their children in the first place.
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In the UK it is illegal to sell 18+ rated movis and games to those under that age. To be honest, the US needs a simple law such as this.

At least this would shift the blame back to where it belongs: To the adults who purchase violent games for their children in the first place.
We have that law too. A bunch of my friends all purchased GTA-IV from somebody age 18-20, I don't remember because I didn't buy it
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We have that law too. A bunch of my friends all purchased GTA-IV from somebody age 18-20, I don't remember because I didn't buy it
Its not illegal to sell someone under 17 an M rated game in the U.S.
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In the UK it is illegal to sell 18+ rated movies and games to those under that age. To be honest, the US needs a simple law such as this.

Parents would have a concise age based rateing system and it would stop most minors from purchaseing media with content that's inappropriate for their age. That's not to say that minors wouldn't be able to play violent video games if adults purchased them.

At least this would shift the blame back to where it belongs: To the adults who purchase violent games for their children in the first place.
We do have this. I see it enforced all the time in my local Game Stop.
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In the UK it is illegal to sell 18+ rated movies and games to those under that age. To be honest, the US needs a simple law such as this.

Parents would have a concise age based rateing system and it would stop most minors from purchaseing media with content that's inappropriate for their age. That's not to say that minors wouldn't be able to play violent video games if adults purchased them.

At least this would shift the blame back to where it belongs: To the adults who purchase violent games for their children in the first place.
I agree. Most children under 17 get a majority of their money form their parents. It is the parents responsibility to govern what their child is exposed to. Unfortunately, we live in a blameless society. I have no problem with violent media, I just think that it takes a certain amount of counter-balancing. If someone, anyone, is exposed to violent input with no positive counter, it will have an effect. It is mainly up to the parents to provide that counter.
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We do have this. I see it enforced all the time in my local Game Stop.
When I say "US", I'm not refering to a handful of the composite states. Game Stop only refuse to sell certain M rated games to minors as a matter of company policy, rather than law, in an effort to appear family friendly to the middle class families of America. I've always assumed that it was against the US constitution to censor any form of mainstream media.

I have to apologise as I misread the article. It appears that the bill wants to legislate parental control features on games consoles which is harmless enough. Needless to say my earlier comment about outright banning sales of violent games to minors still stands. I'm just sick of hearing about whineing parents complaining about video games being inappropriate. They are the ones that fund the games so it would shift the blame right onto them.
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